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TSA helps to locate metal capsule inside a manatee.


Airport security workers at Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport were called to More Marine Laboratory and Aquarium to conduct a scan on a sea cow.

A 16-year-old manatee called Buffett had previously swallowed a metal capsule containing a microchip to measure the temperature in his gut. Researchers had expected Buffett to pass the capsule in six to 11 days, however after ten days of waiting researchers contacted the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for help.

A team of security screeners scanned Buffett's 1,800-pound body for the device, which was located by the metal detector wrapped in a plastic bag to protect it from the water.

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Date:Jul 30, 2003
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